The Effects Of Technology On Society

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Texting and the use of technology have several affects among society as a whole, and on the individual. According to Sherry Turkle, texting can alter the mood of an individual, and transform it into a more positive state. For example, Sherry Turkle received a text message from her daughter before her TED Talk and described it as a "hug". Although her daughter could not be in attendance at her presentation, the text message that she received reinforced her daughter’s support and confidence in her capabilities as a spokeswoman. In this particular instance, it is evident that Sherry Turkle derived a sense of pleasure from the text message. Although it may appear that technology always prevails, in several circumstances, it can reveal itself …show more content…
The relationships and interactions in which people share is working in reverse. Rather than growing through conversation, and developing communication skills, it seems as though society relies on and better appreciates a world where less interaction is present. Technology is simpler, and provides more hope. Many individuals perceive life as difficult and complicated, and also discern relationships as a risk. Many people expect more from technology than they do from each other. Technology appeals to individuals when they are most vulnerable. Some people are lonely, but afraid of intimacy. Technology can give the illusion of companionship without the demand of friendship. Texting sacrifices the need for personal conversation. Technology allows individuals to not be too close, not to fare, but just right. This, according to Sherry Turkle, is known as the Goldilocks effect. The Goldilocks effect can inflict consequences. For example, one individual expressed that someday, but not now, he would like to learn to have a conversation. The individual is able to choose for themselves how much interaction and impact another person can have on their life. This is often comforting, as many find personal interaction to be a prospect of …show more content…
Conversation requires real time, and it can be difficult to control what will come out of the mouth. Technology, however, permits an individual to portray themselves as they would want another to see them. This becomes possible through the ability to edit and delete. Though editing and deleting can enhance a person’s thoughts, it can also be exceptionally powerful in altering the view an individual maintains over themself. Often a person may believe that they will become what they choose to share. Therefore, speaking through text is not a method of conversation because it does not truly allow individuals to learn about each

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